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Radio field day set

Radio field day set

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 10:49 am

The Messenger 06.19.12

The Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club will participate in the annual national Field Day event Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
This event is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League in Newington, Conn.
Each year, individuals and clubs participate in Field Day in an effort to prove their radio communicating abilities. The purpose is to test equipment and challenge operators in preparation for any emergencies or disasters.
Amateur radio operators each year voluntarily assist communities that are in need of radio communications. Hurricane Katrina and, locally, the ice storm of 2009 that devastated West Tennessee and a good part of Kentucky are prime examples of times when amateur radio comes to the rescue, a spokesman said.
During the ice storm, Hickman, Ky., was without telephone or satellite communications initially. Local amateur radio operators (Hams) were their sole link to the Kentucy Emergency Management Agency. Once KEMA was aware of the situation, they began arranging for food and shelter for residents in the Hickman area.
During these situations, Hams not only communicate with state and federal agencies, but they also provide health and welfare information for individuals and families.
All this is done at no expense to anyone other than the Hams themselves. All radio communications equipment is privately owned and operated. Exceptions are some hospitals, universities and local emergency management offices that have been provided fund from the Department of Homeland Security, the spokesman said.
This year’s Field Day exercise will be conducted at 3550 Billie Jolley Road, South Fulton.
Set-up will begin at 1 p.m. Friday. Communications will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday and end Sunday at 1 p.m.
Reelfoot ARC has done well in past years, placing in the lower 30s nationally and in the lower single digits statewide.
Members of the Reelfoot ARC extend an open invitation to anyone who wishes to visit the Field Day site during operation. Amateur radio operators from anywhere are welcome to come and participate.

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